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Ruth

I joined Simon Community Northern Ireland in 2010 as an Accommodation and Community Support Worker after working with another Homeless Organisation in Belfast for over a year.  Having built a career within Estate Agency, I worked daily with individuals and families that so often were experiencing difficulties forcing them to sell or move home.

I soon realised that my motivation was focused more on helping with the causal issues, than selling the property.  This brought about the desire to change career and move into the voluntary sector.  I have always felt compassion for those experiencing homelessness and a strong desire to make a difference for those considered the most vulnerable in society.

In 2012, I joined the team at 414 Falls Road as Team Leader. While I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of managing a project and supporting a team, I recognised that I wanted to return to working on a one-to-one basis with clients. I joined the Harm Reduction team in 2013, supporting clients struggling with substance misuse and addiction. Working with these clients made it clear that environmental issues within temporary accommodation seriously impacted their ability to reduce or abstain from substance misuse.

When the position within Homeless Prevention became available, I was excited to take on a new challenge with the objective of moving clients to more appropriate accommodation and reducing the time spent living in temporary accommodation. Our days are varied as each day is built around the individual needs of clients. We spend two to three days a week in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, working with the Housing Solutions Team and supporting joint clients with move on plans to ensure they are choosing the most viable and appropriate options.

We hold weekly housing clinics in Simon Community NI Accommodation Projects, meeting with clients on a one-to-one basis to support them with any housing or move on queries, problems and concerns.  We aim to provide up to date information in relation to their housing application, housing points and realistic housing options.

We also meet with other accommodation providers and floating support organisations in a bid to create new and develop existing partnerships that will provide opportunities for clients to move on with support in place to help them sustain a successful tenancy.

We always looking for talented, passionate people to join our team. Click here to view our current vacancies or for more information on working with Simon Community NI please email careers@simoncommunity.org.